I've gotten into some discussions recently which made me start thinking "Is this person arguing that their position is different or better?" What really bothers me is people arguing that things are different, when they clearly believe and imply that their stance is better. Just come right out and say it.
Cake v Pie. I don't beat around the bush. Cake is better. My opinion then implies that pie is not just different from cake, but worse or inferior. Right? So I am dessertist. I'm not going to argue that they are different and equal, but I personally prefer cake. I think that argument is, well, dumb. Doesn't a preference for cake imply its superiority? At least in my mind?
Now I'm not going to get all bent out of shape if someone is dessertist and thinks pie is the end all be all of the world. I will tell them they are wrong, but I'm not going to get personally upset. Cake v Pie is a personal preference. Race is not. Sex is not. Sexual orientation is not. Nationality is not. Don't tell me that black people are just fine, but you don't want your child going to school with them. Clearly that reveals your racism.
Now then comes religion. A personal preference right? A very personal choice I think. I don't like to discuss religion (explanation is one thing, argument--let's not go there). I think a lot of times it comes down to that same argument...your religion is fine, but mine is better than yours.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you are going to argue, what are you really arguing? Different or Better? Really look at yourself and your argument. Better? Then just come out and say it.
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